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How to Strike a Balance between being a Parent vs Friend

Posted: May 22, 2019

Life is about balance. To appreciate hard we need soft, to know lightness we need darkness. The ebb and flow of opposites is part of what creates the reality we appreciate. Children need someone to encourage greatness, especially the greatness of habits that will make them stronger in the future. Every time you ask your child to do something they would not willingly do on their own like eating vegetables, doing homework, taking out the trash or reminding them about using manners you are fulfilling the role of parent. Well done… pat yourself on the back, without YOU how would they know and grow in a way to maximize their potential

When you take the time to do all the above and other activities and wrap it in language and with tone you would extend to a peer you are being their friend. The great thing is by choosing this approach instead of doing the quick fix of being demanding you are growing their self esteem and self worth which will ultimately reinforce excellence for a lifetime.

Though some see Parent OR Friend, I see parent and friend as two opposite concepts that need each other to be totally effective. Instead of feeling like you have to make a choice just use both. High standards of excellence in line with their skills and abilities wrapped in thoughtful word choice and responses instead of urgent reactions will win the day every time. Pride yourself on being both a parent and friend!


Martial Arts Classes in Norton, Easton, Foxborough, Medfield, & Raynham: How to Choose a Martial Arts School for Your Child Part 2

Posted: May 17, 2019

Talk to Instructors, are they qualified?

It's important to know the qualifications of the instructors at a martial arts school. Ask about their training and find out if they are certified. People who want to teach martial arts may be personal trainers who are certified as martial arts instructors, or they may have certification from associations within their sport. For instance, a good martial arts instructor may have a certification from an organization like the American Taekwondo Association. Instructors teaching karate for kids should also be certified in first-aid and CPR in case a child is injured during class.

If you’re interested in having your child participate in competitions, you need to verify any certifications or licenses required by state law. In Massachusetts, amateur competitive matches must be sanctioned and supervised by an amateur sanctioning organization for matches involving martial arts forms that include blows or strikes to the head. At Personal Best Karate, our students compete in the Tournaments, that begin with district / regional tournaments and continue on until World Championships where finalists from all over the world compete in one of the largest Martial Arts tournaments in the world.


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